While the tablets can protect the thyroid from absorption of radioactive iodine that is released in a nuclear crisis, the West Coast folks who are popping and/or stockpiling the pills are not going to come into contact with levels high enough to warrant the consumption of the pills.
“Nuclear meltdown” is certainly a dramatic phrase. But after speaking to a former NRC commissioner, it became clear that it is not a scientific term.
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists examines U.S. nuclear regulation.
What will happen in the coming weeks, when Cairo’s Tahrir Square is no longer filled with people? Middle East politics and culture expert Laurie Brand answers that question.